Josh Risdon is hoping to be a long-term solution for the Socceroos at right back after being called up for his first national camp in Canberra.
Speaking to FFA TV, the 23-year-old Perth Glory star revealed his call up came as a shock.
“I got a message first of all when I was driving,” said Risdon. “I pulled over just to properly read it [the message].
“I was very excited at the time. It was a very proud moment for myself.”
Fresh from playing in Saturday's Westfield FFA Cup Final loss to Victory, Risdon is the only new face in the Socceroos latest 23-player squad that will face Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh in FIFA World Cup qualifiers over the next week.
With numerous options being trialed in his right back position during Ange Postecoglou’s reign, the defender declared he’s ready to test himself on the international stage should he be handed a debut.
“It’s a great opportunity for myself,” said Risdon. “There’s a few people that’ve played at right-back recently.
“I’ll just try do my best and try prove myself. Hopefully if I get a chance I’ll take it with two hands.”
See video above or click here for Risdon’s full interview with FFA TV.